Archive for February, 2009

Ah, the WordSmith.

Emmitt Smith is no longer an analyst with ESPN. I’m a huge Emmitt fan, and think he’s largely a class act, but MAN, he was terrible as an analyst. When he wasn’t making up words, he just wasn’t making sense. Someone put together this “tribute” to Emmitt’s time at ESPN. Enjoy.


I am Jack’s Complete Lack of Surprise

Things work themselves out; stress levels recede… Yet sleep remains evasive. Have you ever been so tired that everything seems dim? Colors are dulled, the sky seems gray, everything seems out of focus. That’s where I am.

No sleep sucks the joy out of everything.

Sleep is for the weak?

sleeplessThat’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. This morning I woke up at 3:15 a.m. and stayed awake. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve woken up between 3:00 and 3:30 several times. Most of the time I’m able to go back to sleep, but sometimes I’m not. This morning was one such occasion. It’s extremely frustrating, because I’m tired and need the sleep, yet something keeps me “wide awake.” It’s hard to explain. This morning, I was extremely tired, yet my mind started working, and I couldn’t shut it down. I drifted a bit here and there, but by and large, I was awake at 3:15 this morning.

I think that part of it is a by-product of the stress of the past few weeks and the fact that it hasn’t really dissipated with finals ending. The new quarter brings new challenges and pressures. My new classes are interesting, but not necessarily the riveting material I’d like them to be (at least yet, I’m open to the possibility). I’m on the internship hunt. I’m also on the Moot Court partner hunt. Plus, at some point, law review will be announced, and I’ll be looking at attempting to write on. So, there’s a lot on my mind as this quarter starts also. I’m just hoping that over the next few days I either work through the stress or am able to wear myself out enough that I’m too tired to think about things at 3:15 a.m. anymore.

A Minor Pet Peeve

booksI’m cracking open new textbooks today, starting to dive into the wonders of Trusts & Estates, Taxation, Business Organizations, and Secured Transactions. I’ve never understood why some textbooks reset page numeration at the beginning of a chapter. At first blush it would seem logical enough; when you are trying to flip to page 9-24, if you hit page 7-12 you know that you’ve got to flip only a few pages over to get to Chapter 9, right? Well, what happens if Chapter 8 is 63,000 pages long? You have no idea for how far you have to flip.

It’s not really that big of a deal, I just thought it something odd and worthy of sharing on a Saturday morning.

Get Busy Living, or… What Was It?

A couple of days ago I was talking with a friend that just finished PC (that’s Practice Court if some random soul not from BLS stumbles upon this post), who was telling me about adjusting to life after PC. The quote was, “I totally feel like I’m having to learn how to live again.” While I don’t quite have the grid for understanding what that means on the same scale, in some small way, I can appreciate that.

Yesterday I finished the last final of my fourth quarter. As it turns out, this quarter was the toughest finals season yet. I had Conflict of Laws, Bankruptcy, Remedies, and Con Law. Bankruptcy was the most straightforward and enjoyable, with the others being difficult in their own rights. For the past 2 1/2 weeks I’ve practically lived in the library for 12+ hours a day without much time taken for relaxation. The back half of the finals schedule was more difficult, so the intensity definitely ratcheted up several notches in the second half of the schedule. Con Law was the last final that I had, and I think the exam is summed up pretty well by the word “crazy.” When I finished the exam, I was worn out: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, you name it. It was overwhelming.

And now, over 24 hours after the exam, I still can’t get out of finals mode. I’ve made my way back home, and sit here thinking that I need to be studying for my next exam. I don’t have one, though, at least not until the beginning of May. I just can’t seem to shut my brain down, though. I’m exhausted, but can’t sleep. I can’t relax. I think part of it is the fact that I get no break; classes start Monday, and the outlook, at least on paper, is fairly bleak. Basic Tax & Accounting, Business Organizations, Trusts & Estates, and Secured Transactions. Secured will be interesting because I get to have Prof. K again, and I’m excited about that. Beyond that, though, I face the bleak prospect of finding a Moot Court partner in three days and questions about what to do about the Summer and other major turns. Not very enticing prospects.

So, maybe I’ll just let myself stay in this mode, and carry the intensity over into the next quarter. Yeah, we’ll see how well THAT works.